Nearly one year after contributor Michelle Fields said on Hannity that Lindsay Lohan’s “mom is doing cocaine with her,” the actress and her mother Dina Lohan, have reportedly decided to sue Fox News for defamation.
Following Fields’ comment, which was made during a discussion following the heroin overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lohan’s lawyers sent Fox a cease and desist letter called the remark “outrageously slanderous and defamatory.”
But now, the mother and daughter pair have decided to sue the network, claiming they trafficked in “malicious innuendo” against them. The paper, filed in a Manhattan court on Monday, say Fields “falsely, inappropriately and shockingly stated, unequivocally and as a ‘matter of fact’ that ‘Lindsay Lohan’s mother is doing cocaine with her.’”
As TMZ points out in its coverage of the suit, Lohan has admitted to using cocaine and has also said that her mother used the drug. But not, as Fields suggested, that they partake in it together.
Watch the original clip below, via Fox News:
Weeks after Fields’ comment, Hannity guest-host Andrea Tantaros issued a short apology to the Lohans, and the original clip was removed from Fox’s website:
UPDATE — Feb. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET: Fox News has issued an official statement in response to the suit:
“We will defend this case to the fullest. The remark about which Lindsay and Dina Lohan complain was made on live television by a guest nearly a year ago. We removed the segment from our archives altogether last February and also apologized on-air. At that time, the Lohans did not make any demands for money, and we are surprised they are doing so now.”
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